For my Christian friends … for explaining why prayers must come before action:
The Apostle Paul clearly states that prayer should precede all actions: “First of all, there should be prayers offered” (1 Tim. 2:1). The Apostle’s directive indicates that the act of prayer comes first; it comes before everything else. The Christian is expected to perform many good works, but the act of prayer is fundamental because without prayer it is not possible to do good. Without frequent prayer it is not possible to find one’s way to God, to understand truth, and to crucify the lusts of the flesh. Only fidelity to prayer will lead a person to enlightenment and union with Christ.
— The Way of the Pilgrim